Latest Toxicity Stories
Inexpensive, super-sensitive device detects even low levels of toxic metals in water, fish
Though no systemic studies have been performed, it is generally believed that genes are the most sensitive toxicological endpoints for pollutants, and are thus desirable early warning indicators of environmental risks.
A new approach to drug design, pioneered by a group of researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Mt. Sinai, New York, promises to help identify future drugs to fight cancer and other diseases that will be more effective and have fewer side effects.
From man-made toxic chemicals such as industrial by-products to poisons that occur naturally, a water or food supply can be easily contaminated.
Approximately 80,000 industrial chemicals are in use and about 700 new chemicals are introduced to commerce each year in the United States.
The cancer-causing potential of fetal exposure to carcinogens can vary substantially, a recent study suggests, causing different types of problems much later in life depending on the stage of pregnancy when the fetus is exposed.
- The deadly nightshade, Atropa Belladonna, which possesses stupefying or poisonous properties.
- A sleeping-potion; a soporific.
- To mutter deliriously.